theater http://wamc.org en "The Whale" At Adirondack Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/whale-adirondack-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, <em>The Whale</em>, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of <a href="http://www.atfestival.org/the-whale/">The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s</a> 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.</p><p>Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.</p><p>We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94644 at http://wamc.org "The Whale" At Adirondack Theatre Festival "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/your-arms-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>In Your Arms</em> is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of <em>Newsies</em> and <em>South Pacific</em>, and composer Stephen Flaherty (<em>Ragtime</em>, <em>Once on This Island</em>) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.</p><p><em>In Your Arms</em> is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse Theatre</a> season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli joins us.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94619 at http://wamc.org "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27 http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-shakespeare-company-presents-macbeth-715-27 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Shakespeare’s <em>Macbeth</em> is considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, overflowing with murder, madness and evil spirits, as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt. <em>Macbeth</em> is the play most requested by summer audiences at <a href="http://www.saratogashakespeare.com/">Saratoga Shakespeare Company</a>.</p><p>Saratoga Shakespeare’s production of <em>Macbeth</em> will run in Congress Park July 15th-27th. Joining to tell us more – actors Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth) and Artistic Director of Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Lary Opitz.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94518 at http://wamc.org Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27 "I Said Yes To Everything" By Lee Grant http://wamc.org/post/i-said-yes-everything-lee-grant <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the leg­endary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to <em>Vogue</em> “It Girl.”</p><p>At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for <em>Detective Story</em>, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood black­list, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.</p><p>She has just written a new memoir entitled <em>I Said Yes To Everything</em>.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94424 at http://wamc.org "I Said Yes To Everything" By Lee Grant Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-theatre-group-presents-little-night-music-through-july-19th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals, <em>A Little Night Music</em> offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/">The Berkshire Theatre Group</a> production of <em>A Little Night Music</em>, currently running at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, Desiree Armfeldt is played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn, and is directed by Ethan Heard.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94245 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th "A Great Wilderness" At Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/great-wilderness-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way.</p><p><em>A Great Wilderness</em> is a play by Obie Award winner, Samuel D. Hunter. It is directed at <a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> by Eric Ting and stars Jeffrey DeMunn. The three join us to talk about the play, which runs on the Nikos Stage at WTF July 9-July 20.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94241 at http://wamc.org "A Great Wilderness" At Williamstown Theatre Festival Tanglewood - Jason Alexander http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-jason-alexander <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Singer, dancer, and master of comedic timing, Jason Alexander is best known for his appearances on television and in film. <em>Seinfeld</em>’s George Costanza is also a Broadway veteran who won the Tony-Award for Best Actor in <em>Jerome Robbin’s Broadway</em>.</p><p>He will join The Boston Pops on Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. With the pops he will perform selections from <em>The Music Man</em>, <em>Pippin</em>, and <em>Merrily We Roll Along</em>, plus a few surprises.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94075 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Jason Alexander Weston Playhouse 2014 Season http://wamc.org/post/weston-playhouse-2014-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.westonplayhouse.org/">Weston Playhouse</a> is Vermont’s oldest professional theatre. This season they present four shows on their Mainstage and three shows on their Other Stages. Two of the Mainstage shows are <em>Analog and Vinyl</em> – a new musical by by <a href="http://paulgordonmusic.com/paulgordonmusic.com/Home.html">Paul Gordon</a> which is currently running in its world premier production, and <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em> by Christopher Durang which won The Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and runs at Weston July 17-26.</p><p><em>Analog and Vinyl</em> is set in a vintage record store and follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.</p><p>In <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em>, three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.</p><p>Sarah Stiles plays Rodeo Girl in <em>Analog and Vinyl</em> and David Bonanno plays Vanya in <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em>. They join us now along with Steve Stettler - Producing Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93765 at http://wamc.org Weston Playhouse 2014 Season Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" http://wamc.org/post/herbert-wolff-reviews-shakespeares-will <p>Today theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at the <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org" target="_blank">Shakespeare and Company</a> production of "Shakepeare's Will," &nbsp;playing now through August 24 at the Bernstein Theater.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Herbert Wolff 93640 at http://wamc.org Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" Herbert Wolff Reviews "Kiss Me Kate" http://wamc.org/post/herbert-wolff-reviews-kiss-me-kate <p>Recently, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts – under the artistic direction of Julianne Boyd – has opened its summer season with a vigorous, winning Broadway-style musical.&nbsp; Memorable recent productions have been <em>Guys and Dolls</em> in 2011…<em>Fiddler on the Roof </em>in 2012…<em>On the</em> <em>Town</em> in 2013.&nbsp;&nbsp; This flair and quality continues with its current season-opener: the ever-popular Kiss <em>Me Kate, </em>with music and lyrics by Cole Porter<em>.</em></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:50:00 +0000 Herbert Wolff 93638 at http://wamc.org